Saturday, November 30, 2013

"god is able" by priscilla shirer

About the book (from the publisher): Got an IMPOSSIBLE situation? The anxiety it brings can wake you in the middle of a needed night’s sleep and then stalk you in the middle of broad daylight. It can sneak up on you and cast a cloak of fear and concern over your shoulders that you can’t seem to shake no matter how hard you try. It can take you down. Squash all hope. Stop you in your tracks.

IMPOSSIBLE. IMPENETRABLE. UNCHANGEABLE. Maybe so . . . until God gets involved. No matter the details of your circumstance, His raw power potential and immeasurable ability refuse to cower in the face of any challenge. Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing. Not even that thing. This is the uplifting, well-reasoned answer from New York Times best-selling author Priscilla Shirer—not a denial of life’s adversities and troubles, but a biblical reminder that God is always up to great things, even when His great things are greater then instant remedies and visible change. He is a God who cares . . . and a God who CAN. Believe it. Experience it. God Is Able.

My take: I don't often read non-fiction, and when I do, I want it to be something that will keep my attention and provide me with information that I can apply to my life. God Is Able is one such book. Focusing on Ephesians 3:20-21, author Priscilla Shirer takes apart the verses phrase by phrase to show the power of God to do anything.

As I started reading the book, I doubted how much I'd get out of it. After all, I have complete confidence in God's ability to do anything. What I tend to doubt is that He will choose to do what He what He is able to do—that He won't answer prayers in the way I want Him to. Just typing those words makes me feel horribly self-centered and arrogant—like I know better than God. But I'm being honest here ...

In the book, Shirer addresses my doubts head-on. Seriously, it was like she was in my head and knew exactly what I was thinking. On page 62, she says, "You believe in His ability—His power—yet you question His willingness." She goes on to explain what I know in my head but often don't realize in my heart: that I, in my self-centered bubble, have absolutely no idea the ways God has, is, and will continue to orchestrate circumstances in my life. And when He does not do something I long for Him to do, I should continue to trust Him and thank Him for what He will do. He is working everything together for good (Romans 8:28), whether or not I understand it on this side of Heaven.

And that's really just the tip of the iceberg. God Is Able is packed with biblical truth, and its written in such a way that you feel like you're right there with Shirer, having a discussion over a cup of coffee. This book reminded me of truth about God that I needed to hear right now ... and I suspect it's a message that you need to hear, too.

My rating: 5 stars

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About the author: Priscilla Shirer is a Bible teacher and conference speaker with a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Also a popular author, her books include the New York Times best seller The Resolution for Women, One in a Million, and Life Interrupted. Priscilla is married to Jerry with whom she founded Going Beyond Ministries. They have three sons and live in Dallas, Texas.

Learn more about Priscilla at her website.

About the giveaway: The publisher sent me an extra copy of God Is Able to give away to one of my readers. Enter through the Rafflecopter below: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review through Icon Media Group I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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